July 30, 2019 Restorative Dentistry
By: Dr. Kelly
Dental implants are a great way to restore both the appearance and function of missing teeth. While dentures need to be removed for regular cleaning, can limit the foods you can enjoy, and may slip around without proper adhesives, dental implants are permanent and feel just like natural teeth. At Pier Dental Centre, we get so many questions about dental implants that we’ve put together the following list of frequently asked questions.
How Is Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery?
To place a dental implant, we will need to surgically place a biocompatible titanium post in your jawbone. After a few months when the surgical site heals, we will be able to fit you with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown. During recovery after your surgery, it is important to closely follow our post-operative instructions. Instructions will vary depending on your unique needs, but in general, plan on eating soft foods, getting plenty of rest, drinking ample water, and avoiding straws!
Will I Need a Bone Graft for a Dental Implant?
Before undergoing dental implant surgery, we will determine whether your jawbone has sufficient density and strength for a successful dental implant. Without a tooth to support, portions of the jawbone can deteriorate to the point where it can no longer serve as a stable base for a dental implant. Some patients who have been missing a tooth for a long time will need a bone graft in order to support a dental implant.
Do Dental Implants Look Fake?
Each dental restoration that we place on a dental implant is custom-crafted to match the appearance of your natural teeth. Once the entire dental implant process is complete, the only person outside our smile team that will be able to tell that your dental implant is not a natural tooth is you!
Can Dental Implants Get Cavities?
While dental implants cannot get cavities, they still need the same daily cleaning that natural teeth require. Poor dental hygiene can cause gum infections and bone loss that will compromise the integrity of your dental implants. With dental implants, you should continue to brush your teeth twice daily, floss each day, and visit our dental office every six months for cleanings and exams. Proper oral care will ensure your gums and jawbone stay healthy and strong, which will allow your dental implants to last a lifetime!
How Expensive Are Dental Implants?
The cost of a dental implant depends on a variety of factors, including the scope of the procedure, your oral health, the strength of your jawbone, your insurance, and more. During your dental implant consultation, our team will provide all the details you need to decide whether dental implants are right for your smile goals.